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A bishop said the consecration depends on ‘fervent national preparation’ and urged Catholics to undertake Forty Days of prayer

The group said that, far from questioning Church teaching, they were simply seeking to ‘reconstruct’ the composing of the encyclical

The group said it was for ‘every torture and murder in the name of your God!’

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‘Today Father Hamel speaks still. His life and his death speak after his death.’

‘Cardinal Pell pleads not guilty to all charges,’ the cardinal’s lawyer said

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A spokesman said it was ‘the Vatican putting Laudato Si into action’

The dramatic figures are still an improvement on 2015, when 180,000 left the Church

The Cardinal also said the decline of faith in Germany was ‘dramatic’